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WEBINAR: Addis Ababa Resilience Strategy

Virtual launch event to celebrate the official release of Addis Ababa's first-ever Resilience Strategy.

DATE: 30 June 2020

TIME: 3:00 to 4:30 PM Addis Ababa time

REGISTRATION: You can register for the virual event here.

Mayor Takele Uma Benit, the Addis Ababa City Administration and the Global Resilient Cities Netlwork (GRCN) are organising Addis Ababa's Resilience Strategy virtual release event.

Following nearly two years of extensive research and stakeholder engagement, undertaken by the Addis Ababa Resilience Project Office (AARPO) and Chief Resilience Officer, Addis Ababa's first-ever Resilience Strategy is now complete and will be unveiled during a virtual release event co-organized by the Addis Ababa City Administration and GRCN. The Resilience Strategy, which was developed as par of the city's partnenhip with GRCN, provides a tactical roadmap for building resilience in the city.


  • Eng. Takele Uma Benti, Mayor of Addis Ababa
  • Wakuma Abebe, Addis Ababa Plan and Development Commissioner 
  • Dr. Moges Tadesse, Chief Resilience Officer, Addis Ababa
  • Dana Omran, Managing Director Africa, Global Resilience Cities Network
  • Gareth Morgan, Director of Resilience, City of Cape Town
  • Dr. Umamahesh Rajasekar, Chair of the Urban Resilience Unit, NIUA


Addis Ababa is the largest city in Ethiopia and home to 25% of the country’s urban population. Population growth fueled by rural migration puts the city on pace to double in size within 15 years, straining existing public services, especially including clean water and sanitation. Recent measures to increase resilience include the development of a BRT line to alleviate urban congestion and a public work programs to address an unemployment rate above 22%.

Rapid urbanization has also increased the risk of deadly fires in Addis Ababa. Many of these residential occur in informal settlements, making it harder for emergency responders to contain fires once they start.

The city of Addis Ababa joined the 100RC Network in May 2016. The city has held its Agenda-Setting Workshop.

About the Global Resilient Cities Network

The Global Resilient Cities Network (GRCN) is the city-led organization that is driving urban resilience action to protect vulnerable communities from climate change and other physical, social and economic urban adversities and challenges.  The Global Resilient Cities Network carries on the foundational work of 100 Resilient Cities.


Published on June 29, 2020
Event start date
08:00 am

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